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Chocolate Eggs Illegal To Bring Across US Border  
User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

Apparently true.

http://mynorthwest.com/76/708590/Ame...d-at-the-border-with-illegal-candy

Fair use:

Four friends crossing the border from Canada to Washington spent over an hour in a detention center and were nearly saddled with a $15,000 fine after U.S. border agents discovered chocolate eggs in their car. ....

Kinder Eggs are a hollow chocolate egg with a toy inside. One of Cummings' travel companions had picked up the candy as a gift to bring back."


Best part is after detaining the men and threatening them with a $15,000 fine the border agents forgot to confiscate the eggs so they were "smuggled" into the US anyway.


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6942 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3420 times:

Oh boy, the celebrities bemoaning chocolate as their reason for weight issues is getting outta hand, no?   


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15468 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
Oh boy, the celebrities bemoaning chocolate as their reason for weight issues is getting outta hand, no?

It's actually a US rule that prohibits inedible items inside of food.



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3384 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):

It's actually a US rule that prohibits inedible items inside of food.

It's not a well publicized rule though. I'd never heard of it before and I cross the border 5-6 times a year.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15468 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 3):
It's not a well publicized rule though. I'd never heard of it before and I cross the border 5-6 times a year.

I never thought it applied to stuff you brought yourself. I knew that you couldn't sell food like that, but I never figured you could get in trouble for bringing it in to eat yourself.



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3150 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3369 times:

Well on international flights you are not supposed to bring food into the U.S. unless specially cleared through Customs. At my airport a business jet flew in from another country with $8000 worth of food on it that had to be thrown away.

User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3354 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 4):
I never thought it applied to stuff you brought yourself. I knew that you couldn't sell food like that, but I never figured you could get in trouble for bringing it in to eat yourself.

$2,500/egg is pretty steep.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 5):
Well on international flights you are not supposed to bring food into the U.S. unless specially cleared through Customs. At my airport a business jet flew in from another country with $8000 worth of food on it that had to be thrown away.

I've never had any problems with most processed foods. I used to go to the Save On Foods across the border in BC all the time and bring back dried bulk foods. You can't bring sandwiches or fruit across the border though, which is typically what you get in catering.



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User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2551 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3354 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Thread starter):
Apparently true.

What an ass of a rule.

Surely US regulators have better things to do, than make inane rules like this, obviously too much time and nothing better to do.

Kinder surprise eggs are consumed all over the world, in fact, the US is the only country to exclude them.  Wow!

Ive yet to hear of anyone chocking on them. They are very popular in Australia, in fact many thousands collect the different sets and trade them on the net, its got a real following.

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/sis.html?...992%202000%20&_itemId=190540903724

BTW, whats this business about calling chocolate, candy.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/candy

If chocolate is called candy, then what do you call such sweets as "atomic fireballs", shouldn't they really be referred to as candy, as the main makeup is just sugar, water and colourings. And chocolate as chocolate ?



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User currently offlinelewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3592 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 5):
Well on international flights you are not supposed to bring food into the U.S.

I have never had problems bringing food items to the US. I just declare them and they don't even bother checking them, even when it is unsealed like a box of desserts.


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3303 times:
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Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 3):
It's not a well publicized rule though. I'd never heard of it before and I cross the border 5-6 times a year.

I have never heard of it either. They sell a lot of candy at the duty free stores at the Canadian border (not the candy in question) but people see all that candy and reasonably assume it was ok to bring candy of any kind into the USA.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 6):
$2,500/egg is pretty steep.

You would think they would just make you throw them out...

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
It's actually a US rule that prohibits inedible items inside of food.

What about fortune cookies? They have paper inside, but I guess you could eat that if you wanted.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15468 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 9):
What about fortune cookies? They have paper inside, but I guess you could eat that if you wanted.

I think the rationale is that you can't choke on paper. I'm not sure how it's worded exactly.



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User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2551 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 10):
I think the rationale is that you can't choke on paper. I'm not sure how it's worded exactly.

Then that rational is just plain wrong, because, you can chock on anything you put into your mouth, even a piece of chewing gum.   



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3269 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 3):
It's not a well publicized rule though.

It seems I hear about this every year around Easter.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 5):
Well on international flights you are not supposed to bring food into the U.S. unless specially cleared through Customs.

Raw, unprocessed food. Cooked or packaged food does not usually present a problem.

Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 7):
What an ass of a rule.

Yes, it is an ass of a rule.

Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 7):
Surely US regulators have better things to do, than make inane rules like this, obviously too much time and nothing better to do.

Nope. That's the problem with regulators...if they're not making regulations, they don't think they're doing their job. It's a freaking government-wide problem. But, let's not get too political.



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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2851 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 10):
Then that rational is just plain wrong, because, you can chock on anything you put into your mouth, even a piece of chewing gum

We get a lot of politicians choke with "foot in mount" from time to time.
Now there is a thought, send them all to Canada on vacation, they will not be able to come back.

Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 7):
Kinder surprise eggs are consumed all over the world, in fact, the US is the only country to exclude them

Can we say nanny state.

Okie


User currently offlineBlueLine From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

They must have caught a customs agent having a very bad day/on a huge power trip. I've had family bring them back from Europe with no problem, and have even seen them for sale in a few Polish and European markets here in Chicago. Nonetheless, it's completely idiotic that Kinder Eggs can't be imported to the US for sale.

User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6103 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
It's actually a US rule that prohibits inedible items inside of food.

What about trinkets in King cakes ?



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3024 times:
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Quoting Aesma (Reply 15):
What about trinkets in King cakes ?

I didn't think about that... I guess that King Cake my mom bakes every year is a violation of federal law (now I like it even more). Maybe because she makes it herself and it isn't offered for sale mom is in the clear.

Quoting okie (Reply 13):
Now there is a thought, send them all to Canada on vacation, they will not be able to come back.

I don't think Canada would want them.  



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 16):
I guess that King Cake my mom bakes every year is a violation of federal law (now I like it even more). Maybe because she makes it herself and it isn't offered for sale mom is in the clear.

I doubt a King Cake is considered a confection by the FDA.



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

The Vancouver Sun had an article on it today:

"Mike Milne with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the movement of Kinder eggs into the United States has been "an ongoing problem for years," particularly during the Easter holidays.

Milne said officers do not usually fine travellers for carrying the chocolates, but they do normally confiscate them. Roughly 60,000 Kinder eggs were seized last year."


http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Kin...r/6956919/story.html#ixzz21679oeOW

They confiscated 60K of these last year?! I fail to see how this is any different than the toys you get in a crackerjack box



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User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13793 posts, RR: 63
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

It is not that you could accidentaly swallow the toys while biting into the chocolate. The toys are inside a yellow plastic "egg" with an diametre of about 1 inch and 1.5 inches high, which is then inside the chocolate egg.
Also, at least on the German version, there is a warning "Not for children below the age of 3".

Jan


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2945 times:
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Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 18):
They confiscated 60K of these last year?!

Wow they get that many? Is that just at that border crossing or all of them, including airports? If 60,000 get in how many get through? I have driven across the Canadian border several times a year for the last 12 years and never have been searched. The only time I ever was even stopped was when I bought a car in Canada, but they only wanted to see the car's paperwork. I could have had a trunk full of these eggs and nobody would have known. I never even had a customs agent ask me about food before. They ask about alcohol (I show them the receipt and they never have asked to see the actual stuff), cigarettes and drugs. They sometimes ask if I'm drunk (I never cross the border after drinking, unless I'm not the driver).

All this fuss over chocolate eggs make we want to go over to Canada and get some. Where can I find them in the Windsor area?



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User currently offline9MMPQ From Netherlands, joined Nov 2011, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

It's one of the funniest US laws i've ever heard of and it's been a hit with some of my American friends who never heard about it until i brought it up. God help you if you try & smuggle these into the US 

But this story comes up once every year or so & a quick search led me back to the most hilarious thing i've ever read about it. From an article from last year ..

''The woman was selected for a random search at a border checkpoint in Minnesota when officials discovered she was carrying a Kinder Egg and took it from her, The Toronto Star reported. A few weeks later, she received a 7-page letter asking if she wanted the egg back or if she was going to abandon rights to it, the Star reported.

"I was in disbelief," she told the newspaper. "It's a $2 egg."

The link .. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/21...-eggs-banned-in-the-united-states/

Whatever makes your world safer .. i don't care much for the toys but all the more chocolate there is for the rest of us 



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2037 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

I love these eggs. We got them from our grandma all the time when since we were 5 years old. And we were smart enough not to eat the plastic stuff. 

[Edited 2012-07-19 17:42:18]


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18684 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

Quoting BlueLine (Reply 14):

They must have caught a customs agent having a very bad day/on a huge power trip. I've had family bring them back from Europe with no problem, and have even seen them for sale in a few Polish and European markets here in Chicago. Nonetheless, it's completely idiotic that Kinder Eggs can't be imported to the US for sale.

I'm far more outraged at the one-hour detention. There needs to be some more public backlash in this country against people wearing uniforms with the force of the law behind them on power trips.

In Spain, they carefully screen each and every candidate for the Guardia Civil to try to exclude the bullies and power-addicts. That should be standard procedure in any democracy.


User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

I'm perfectly willing for the sake of A-net to try and bring a few of these home with me the next time I go to Victoria or Vancouver. I can't say I've ever been stopped at the border for a full search (except one time when I canoed across the Minnesota Ontario border), but perhaps the US has now trained dogs to sniff out these dangerous eggs so they never enter our country.


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25 Post contains images lewis : So, now that we figured out why these are not sold in the US, can someone tell me why I haven't managed to find a single Mars bar in the US for the p
26 dcaviation : Those eggs are sold in Polish grocery stores in Philadelphia and everywhere in New Jersey. Whenever I have the chance to go to one of those stores I b
27 okie : European "Mars Bars" are marketed in the US as Milky Way, about the only source I have found was Target. Okie prefers the Dark Chocolate ones. If you
28 lewis : Yep, that is it, thanks! I have seen the Milky Way in Target but I thought it was the European Milky Way, which is different from the European Mars B
29 Post contains images sprout5199 : Get a grip people. There is a reason why there is this law. If I didn't know the was a toy inside the egg and my 2 year old daughter choked on it, do
30 Post contains images Aesma : Incredible ! That's interesting. They were sold as special Almond Mars Bars here a few years ago, and I loved them, but they disappeared too. I'm sur
31 Post contains links and images fr8mech : We know there is a reason for the law. No one is disputing that. It's still an ass of a law. It smacks of the nanny state. It, once again, absolves t
32 flyingturtle : But you know that there's a toy inside of that egg, so you would supervise your 2 year old daughter while she eats the stuff. And 2 year olds should
33 1337Delta764 : In 1997, Nestle released the Magic Ball in the U.S., which had a plastic ball that pops inside chocolate (which itself had a figurine inside), but due
34 Aeri28 : A candy source with a piece of inedible material located inside? Never heard of something like that,, although sounds like something out of the 70s, L
35 AirCanada787 : A similar story seems to pop up about them being illegal in the USA every once in a while. Yes you would be pissed but, I do feel however that its qui
36 Post contains images StarAC17 : That says a lot considering your country has some of the strictest quarantine laws and for good reason. You can't bring some food items between state
37 TheCommodore : Yes, your right, its for silly people. There are warnings printed on the label. But if you can read, then you god help ! It says nothing. We are not
38 PanHAM : One of the idiotic laws the US have produced. A LH FA was recently arrested because a Kinder egg was found in her luggage. The point is, most people d
39 Post contains images Aeri28 : Link or it didn't happen. I know its easy to jump on the kinder egg frenzy, but I found no article of a LH flight attendant being arrested nor any ot
40 Post contains images flyingturtle : Hello Aeri28, Depends on the prosecutor, and the distinction is rather between "dangerous" and "not dangerous" weapon (or tool) while carrying out an
41 PanHAM : It did, was a small note in some Germany daily newspapers. I obey your request, there are so many nice countries around the world and I have seen the
42 falstaff : This story is on the Rush Limbaugh Show (July 20), which is being hosted by Mark Steyn today. He made a lot of fun of it and pointed out that how stup
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